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SB 75 (BR 1076) - D. Thayer, R. Stivers II, W. Schroder

     AN ACT relating to campaign finance.
    Amend KRS 121.180 to create a single threshold of $3,000 for campaign finance reports; require state executive committees that establish a building fund account to make quarterly reports; change the date for executive committees and caucus campaign committees to file reports from five days after the 30th day following a primary and regular election to January 31 and July 31; amend KRS 121.150 to increase anonymous and cash contribution limits to $100, and individual contribution limits to $2,000 as indexed for inflation; increase individual contribution limit to $5,000 per year to the state executive committee of a political party; allow contributions of $5,000 per year to subdivisions and affiliates of political parties; make those contribution limits not applicable to contributions to a state executive committee's building fund account; increase the contribution limit to caucus campaign committees to $5,000; allow married couples to make a contribution with one check that reflects the combined individual contribution limits of each individual spouse for all elections in a calendar year; amend KRS 121.230 to conform; create a new section of KRS Chapter 121 to allow the executive committees of political parties to establish building fund accounts and specify permissible and prohibited uses of funds; amend KRS 121.025 and 121.035 to specify that prohibitions on corporate contributions do not prevent a corporation from contributing to a state executive committee's political party building fund account; amend KRS 6.767 to add a definition for "accept" that specifies the time when a contribution is accepted.


AMENDMENTS

     SCS1 - Retain original provisions, except delete provisions that limit aggregate contributions from permanent committees, executive committees, and caucus campaign committees to $10,000 or 50 percent of total contributions.
     HFA1/P( J. Kay ) - Amend KRS 121.015 to amend the definition of "contributing organization," to add a new definition for "electioneering communication," and to make technical corrections; amend KRS 121.190 to extend requirements for disclosure in campaign advertisements to Internet and electronic communication network announcements, to cover electioneering communications, and to apply disclosures in advertisements and communications made by additional groups and organizations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 121 to require any person or group making electioneering communications expenditures in an amount greater than $3,000 during an election to follow the same registration and reporting schedule as candidates and slates of candidates and specify the information to be reported, and to require any person or group making electioneering communications expenditures in an amount greater than $1,000 in the 15 days before an election to file reports electronically within 48 hours of the expenditure or the communication, whichever is sooner, and to specify that contributions for electioneering communications make the contributors a contributing organization.
     HFA2( K. Imes ) - Amend to require that report be made on the twenty-fifth day preceding an election; abolish the requirement for a 15-day pre-election report.
     HFA3( J. Kay ) - Amend KRS 121.180 to require any independent expenditure-only political committee to pay a five dollar fee to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance when such a committee spends more than $10,000 in aggregate during any primary, regular election, or special election, or on a ballot issue; amend KRS 121.015 to define "independent expenditure-only political committee"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 121 to establish a trust fund in which the fees by independent expenditure-only political committees will be deposited for the exclusive benefit of and utilization by the Registry.

     Feb 13, 2017 - introduced in Senate; taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; to State & Local Government (S)
     Feb 14, 2017 - taken from State & Local Government (S); 2nd reading; returned to State & Local Government (S)
     Feb 15, 2017 - reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 15, 2017; 3rd reading, passed 27-10 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 16, 2017 - received in House
     Feb 21, 2017 - to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
     Feb 28, 2017 - posted in committee
     Mar 06, 2017 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 07, 2017 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 8, 2017; floor amendments (2) and (3) filed
     Mar 14, 2017 - 3rd reading; floor amendments (1) and (3) ruled out of order; passed 52-43
     Mar 15, 2017 - received in Senate; enrolled, signed by President of the Senate; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House; delivered to Governor
     Mar 27, 2017 - signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 122)